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Cover your tracks online

Every time you use the internet, your internet browser automatically saves pieces of information known as 'cookies' in its history or cache, such as the search words you type into search engines, website pages you visit, or passwords and login names you use.

The safest option

If you are concerned that someone is monitoring your internet usage, your safest option is to access the internet from another place, such as a friend's house, your place of work, an internet cafe or local library.

Other options

There are other steps you can take to cover your tracks and increase your safety online.

Some browsers offer a version of ‘private browsing’ which allows you to view web pages without any information being permanently stored on your computer or device.

It’s also possible to preset your own privacy settings or manually clear your browsing history.

It’s important to note that manually clearing your browsing history may raise suspicion, although it is common practice when  trying to improve your computer's performance.

Each browser is different - use your browsers help function to identify how to cover your tracks using the methods outlined above.

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